Follow Your Heart, Not Your Head
‘Follow your heart’ is seen as a major cliché in today’s society.
A lot of songs encourage us to look to our heart for love. Next time you are listening to the radio, really listen to the song lyrics – I bet you will hear a sentence about love and the heart.
As a society, most of us have this idea that the brain is more powerful than the heart. People assume that your brain is more powerful as this generates your thoughts and emotions and your heart just pumps blood around the body.
This is probably because we have heard ‘experts’ referring to the heart as the ‘little brain’, and this is carried throughout medical courses and some medical degrees.
However, the idea that the heart is much stronger than the brain is grounded in science.
I have my own theories on why this isn’t made common knowledge, but I’ll save that for another article as I could talk about it allll day.
We have all felt the feeling of pure joy and love. Just think about the last time you had that buzzing feeling in your heart when you achieved something meaningful or when you do something you’re passionate about. Or even when we are with those whom we love the
You can literally feel it from your heart.
In case you are still skeptical, here is some information from the HeartMath Institute to support this idea:
The heart emits more electrical activity than the brain.
The heart emits an electrical field 60 times greater in amplitude than the activity in the brain and an electromagnetic field 5,000 times stronger that of the brain.
HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function.
Research at the HeartMath Institute has shown that one of the most powerful factors that affect our heart’s changing rhythm is our feelings and emotions.
The incoherent patterns of physiological activity associated with stressful emotions can cause our body to operate inefficiently, deplete our energy, and produce extra wear and tear on our whole system
When we experience uplifting emotions such as appreciation, joy, care, and love; our heart rhythm pattern becomes highly ordered, looking like a smooth, harmonious wave. This is called a coherent heart rhythm pattern.
Don’t just take my word for it!
There have been so many successful people who have encouraged for us to follow our hearts to find our passions and that this is the key to a happy life.
- Oprah Winfrey
- Albert Einstein
- Steve Jobs
- Lao Tzu
- Stephen Spielberg
Once you start listening to your heart, you will begin to see synchronicities. These signs mean that you are living in alighment with your life purpose.
By synchronicities, I mean that when you are thinking of an idea, you may see an advert on TV which links to your idea.
You may see a book in a shop that related to your thought.
You may hear a song on the radio that reinforces your plan.
Notice these synchronicities as they are Divinely guided messages from the universe, encouraging you to take action.
Synchronicities can also come in the form of numbers for example, checking your phone at 11:11am, then seeing a car registration plate with 1111, pausing a movie at 11:11, etc.
Once you start to trust in your heart, your intuition will also increase, enabling you to make the best choices for you.
How has it helped me?
Personally, listening to my heart has led me to discover my passions and exactly what I want to achieve during this life.
I’m now able to build up a business based on my passions, rather than getting through a 9-5 job, trudging through each day, wondering if this is what work is going to be like until I’m old enough to retire.
It has honestly changed my outlook on life, as cringey as that sounds.
I can now confidently say that I will live to work, not work to live, and it feels amazing!
I hope this article can help you to listen to your heart more as the benefits are just too good not to. Imagine if we were all able to follow our passions and live a successful, fulfilling life. How much better would the world be?